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PhD nurse lands senior hospital research role

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The first nurse to achieve a PhD at her hospital has also become the hospital’s first senior nurse for research and professional development.

Dr Karen Dunderdale, achieved her Phd in 2007 while becoming a first-time mother and working full time at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Previously, she was also the first lead cardiac specialist nurse for Scunthorpe General Hospital and established their cardiac rehabilitation service.

Her new role is aimed at driving forward the quality of patient care at the trust, focusing primarily on supporting and supervising nurses and midwives throughout their learning.

Dr. Dunderdale said: ‘I would like to encourage nurses and midwives to become research and development savvy as this will lead to greater research and evidence based practice in our hospitals.’

‘Nurses and midwives undertake some fantastic pieces of work and innovative practice. Although we are willing to use research, nurses often lack the skills to do so’

‘I want t make sure our nurses and midwives are all research aware and have the knowledge, skills, confidence and authority to incorporate ecidence appropriately into practice’, she added.

Dr Dunderdale is also in the process of establishing the first Trust Development Council, which she says will ‘bring together’ nurses and midwives interested in research and professional development and ensure ‘best practice’ in clinical practices across the organisation.

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